Open to guests in London for the past 15 years, the rooms of Sanderson and St Martins Lane hotels originally designed by Philippe Starck have received a sensitive facelift from interior designer Tim Andreas of Banjo AD. Without losing the essence of the original design, he maintains the blurred boundaries between baroque and minimalist styling. Simultaneously straddling extravagance and simplicity, the tranquil spaces are ready to serve as a luxurious destination for the next era of visitors.
Selected as designer in part for being a protégée of Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager, Tim's adjustments knowingly reinforce the previous designs without removing the individual's iconic elements. Also based on his 20 year relationship with the umbrella company, Morgans Hotel Group for prior renovations, he states 'I know the product from all angles and while we do create completely new designs, we also strive to be a caretaker of each hotel’s authentic nature. They need to be new and fresh, but feel like Sanderson and St Martins Lane.'
In the Sanderson, touches of comfort form a residential atmosphere within the transient programme. Evoking the trimmings of an English Manor House, oak wood carvings with 17th century motifs and the existing sleigh bed receive a backdrop of contemporary floor-to-ceiling glass bathroom enclosures. Named after the designer’s canine, the ‘Tchin Tchin’ chair rests at flexible built-in banquettes to work or dine. Rugs and black-out shades sport hand-painted English landscape scenes by David Hargrove while a globular pendant becomes a lunar element hovering within the space. The 150 rooms were upgraded to support technology with integrated reading lights, bed-side USB charging stations and media hubs with music playing capabilities.
In the theatre district in London’s urban centre, St Martins Lane welcomes visitors with a spicy lobby and then the excitement simmers down with 204 sensual sanctuaries. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling window enclosures, desks made from laminated dichroic glass desks and TVs within vertical glass partitions enhance the dream-like environment. Reflecting ambient illumination in a range of colours, the transparent surfaces including a mirrored mini-bar are further complimented with linen panel drapes and polished aluminum fixtures.
Photos Courtesy Morgans Hotel Group